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News and Notes for the Madison Staff (10/16/15)

New Science Pilot Materials

Tom and D200 teachers are piloting two new science programs. Samples from both publishers will be here over the next week and will be displayed in the Book Room for your review. Here's what's coming:

TCI - student texts and Interactive Student Notebooks for grades k-5

FOSS - Box 1 of a module (supplies kit) , student book, Teacher's Edition and Teacher Resource Book for miscellaneous units.


The reps also provided temporary online access to their product. Here are the temporary codes:

TCI --- http://www.teachtci.com/try-tci/ (30 day trial)

FOSS ---www.fossweb.com (60 day trial code FOSSNEXTgen60)

Madison Coin Awards!

Wed, October 28 is the deadline for submitting your names for the first round of Madison Coin recipients. You can find the spreadsheet on the Madison Mountain Lair site or right here: https://goo.gl/zXJa7h


Find the tab at the bottom of the sheet with your current grade level and enter the name and trimester. Remember music and art teachers no longer have to award coins. PE does award a coin to each grade level. Specialists, if you have strong convictions about a positive, deserving student; talk to the classroom teacher.

A Few Housekeeping Reminders

  • Please remember not to pull outside doors open with your key. We have pulled a few locks right out of the doors over the last couple years.
  • If you call a parent from a school phone, please leave a message. We receive many return phone calls from parents who do not know who at school was trying to reach them.
  • Door Wedges: If you are in K-3, ditch the door wedges as we move into heating season. We do not heat the hallways and its much like you leaving your front door open at home. If you are in 4-5, get ready to start using Door 5 or 11 for students to exit, enter.

Important Dates

Mon, Oct 19: EL Night

Wed, Oct 21: 8:30AM Staff Meeting (Julie O. Formative Assessments)

Fri, Oct 23: PM Mr. Utchen visits 3rd Grade

Mon, Oct 26: Book Fair Week Begins

Mon, Oct 26: Picture retakes in music room

Tues, Oct 27: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Wed, Oct 28: Names of Pawsitive Behavior Coin winners to office

Wed, Oct 28: 8:30AM MIT Meeting

Thurs, Oct 29: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Fri, Oct 30: 1:45PM Halloween Parade

Wed, Nov 11: 9:30AM Veterans Day and Coin Assembly

Thu, Nov 12: Multi-Cultural Day

Fri, Nov 13: Teacher Work Day

Fri, Dec 11: 9:30AM Edison Band and Orchestra performance

Tue, Dec 15: 7PM Winter Concert